With highlights from Rep. Pelosi’s January new moon in Washington.
The new and full moons punctuate each month of our lives. They show where our current focus is and highlight future events as well. Watching where they fall in your own chart is a helpful way to keep track of the cycles in your life—and take a look at what’s coming. There’s an easy way to discover how moon cycles affect your chart: read on to find out how.
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I’ll use Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s chart as an example. After the midterms, she’s poised to take back her historic post as the only woman in U.S. history, thus far, to become Speaker of the House. The upcoming January new moon—also a partial eclipse—offers a fascinating picture of where she’ll stand in the new year.
Here’s how to go about it. First, you’ll need the time of the new or full moon of interest. Moon cycles are available from any number of resources on the Web: I suggest this site, since it allows you to easily tailor the exact time of a lunation to your current or any other location. Plug in where you’ll be during the moon cycle in the field labeled “Place or country” below the map at top of page.
Going back to the example chart: while Pelosi’s birth time is not known, the moon does not change signs on her birthday—she is a Scorpio Moon, fittingly for a woman known for her negotiation mojo.
I’ll use a noon time for her, as is customary. This chart isn’t a bad fit (and I checked others): it places the Moon in the 5th, with her Aries Sun-Eris conjunction right on the Midheaven—all of which makes sense for her work fighting on behalf of women and children while in office and her longstanding prominent role in the House.
Now you’ll need your own birth chart. For this, I recommend Astro.com. Navigate to “Free Horoscopes” at the top menu bar. At the far right, beneath “Drawings & Calculations,” choose “Extended Chart Selection.” A new screen will open. Click “Add a new person” at the top right to add and save your birth data, after which you’ll automatically return to the extended chart options.
Next you’ll create the “birth” chart of the moon cycle you’re interested in. Remember to check the time it occurs, to the minute, at the location where you’ll be on the date in question. The January 5 new moon occurs at 8:28 p.m. in Washington, D.C., so I’ll use that chart here for the moon.
Lastly, compare the two charts. Go back to “Drawings & Calculations” at Astrodienst and choose “Extended Chart Selection.” In the “Birth data” section at the top, find your name in the first drop-down menu, next to “Horoscope for.” Then choose the moon “birth” chart you’ve added from the drop-down menu for the “Partner” field.
In the “Sections” area, under “Chart type,” choose “Synastry chart (2).” For “Chart drawing style,” experiment if you like; I generally choose “Astrodienst with asteroids.” (If I don’t mention an option here, leave it at the default.) Now choose “Click here to show the chart.”
Voila—you’ll see a new biwheel: the moon chart surrounding your birth chart. Locate the moon in the outer circle. What house does it fall within in your own natal chart?
In the chart at right, the January 5 new moon falls in Pelosi’s 6th house. She’ll clearly be busy, with Jupiter also about to move into her house of service and day-to-day work and routine. Mars transiting her Sun at the Midheaven reflects ambition and drive, as she’s likely to take up the gavel again. That it’s a partial solar eclipse underlines its gravitas and effect on her life in the medium-term future.
You can use the moon cycle in a few ways: at the new and full moons, at eclipses, even daily. In my experience, new moons indicate directions each month, while full moons may point to conclusion or closure in some area. Eclipses “supercharge” the focus, showing direction for the next six months or more. On the other hand, daily transits of the moon can reveal changes in focus, direction, and mood from day to day: the moon moves through each sign in about 2 and a half days.
Here’s a quick guide to the houses. Take a look to find your area of focus when the moon falls in each.
- 1st house: personality, ambition, taking charge, what matters to you, renewed energy
- 2nd house: finances, money matters, values, self-esteem
- 3rd house: communication, media, publishing, immediate neighbors, siblings
- 4th house: physical or spiritual/psychological home, family, roots, ancestors, heritage, origin
- 5th house: play, creative expression or projects, romance, dating, children
- 6th house: day-to-day life and commitments, health, details that provide the foundation for everything else (the root chakra)
- 7th house: partner, close relationships, intimacy
- 8th house: transformation, power, other people’s money
- 9th house: new ideas, education, exploring, travel, philosophy, law
- 10th house: career, work efforts, projects related to vocation
- 11th house: community and social life, organizations
- 12th house: spirituality, inward-focus, solitude, rest, or refuge; may indicate change in some part of life
Note that there is a lot more you can glean from a biwheel like this. For example, the January new moon in Pelosi’s 6th house is also in a pile-up with heavyweights Saturn and Pluto. With transiting Jupiter about to move into her 6th house, we already see her preparing to take on ambitious projects—like, say, taking on a sitting president. Transiting Juno, asteroid of equality, also falls on her natal Venus-Vesta conjunction—and that pile-up conjuncts the transiting Midheaven set for D.C. I’d venture she will indeed be at the helm in the capital as our next Speaker of the House, and she’ll be fighting for love (Vesta-Venus) of justice (Juno) right out of the gate.
It won’t all be easy. With transiting Uranus on her natal Saturn and Pluto recently moving over her 7th house cusp, the right use of power and weighty, unpredictable matters are no doubt going to be on her mind with this administration. Still, she’ll have a lot going for her next year. On Jan. 5, she’ll also see transiting Pallas, the strategic warrior, conjunct her natal North Node, the transiting North Node conjunct her Vertex, and Mars on her Sun: she may be just the fighter the country needs. With transiting Mercury conjunct her natal Eros, it looks like she’ll be delighted to hold the Speaker’s gavel once again.